Two days from the end of Iron King while Meghan the faery princess and her forbidden love Ash, are now on their detour to see Puck before re...moreRated 3.50
Two days from the end of Iron King while Meghan the faery princess and her forbidden love Ash, are now on their detour to see Puck before returning to the Unseelie Court, as Meghan promised. Something has the horses spooked after they come through the Trod to find their way to New Orleans and quickly they realize something very powerful is speedily closing the distance between them and is after Meghan. Meghans journey to one place she doesn't want to be, Winter Court, shortens as she runs there from this haunting creature hot on their trail.
I found I enjoyed this short novella. It got me to thinking there is another side to Ash, one that could be kind and loving. He agrees to stop on the way back to Winter Court to see if Puck is well or even just still alive. We get a touch more of the Unseelie fey and how tough of a crew they are and how unfavorable toward Summer fey they are. Meghan as a character, we see once again how strong a character she is and her beliefs for what she does. And Meghan starts to tap into her powers just briefly in this short story, but it shows she could be very strong.
In this I start to feel Meghan and Ash's potential love is moving quicker than I'm ready for. They seem to need to slow down some. But, I like the potential of them as a couple.
We meet a fey creature older than the Midsummer Night's Dream characters, and even stronger. One that you will recognize as soon as mentioned.
We get Meghan's first glimpse of Tir Na Nog and how to enter the city. Along with the first view of Queen Mab in her own court.(less)
King George and his brother, Prince Shannon are leasurely horseback riding through the night, happy of the birth of the Kings triplets - two girls, on...moreKing George and his brother, Prince Shannon are leasurely horseback riding through the night, happy of the birth of the Kings triplets - two girls, one boy - hoping they will know peace in the world in their time. When unexpectedly the King, Prince, and fifty guard are surrounded by two hundred of their archenemies, the Grey Wolves. The young heir of the Grey Wolves watched as the King of Vampira, being brutily eaten to death, kills his parents. Gaad Grey wants to grow up to have his revenge on the Vampires, or will he? Seventeen years later the children are grown and have their sides and those to protect or fight. This is where our story truly picks up; with the triplets and Gaad Grey. They must protect themselves, fight, or make a last stand.
I was nervous reading the first section of the King George and Prince Shannon. I felt as I didn't make a connection at the start as the book jumps right into the meat of the troubles and the battle fought seemed hard to believe because of the exact numbers given in which the King and Prince killed yet there is fifty guard there too.
But into the next section, I really started to enjoy the story. The Vampires have a different take on the world than most norm. The story as a whole happens in one evening and told from different view points. These different view points give a different side of the characters at hand. A quick way to get attached with these characters and see the world created here.
The story got really going for me and I was fearing the end would not be a conclusion. Unfortunately, the book does end in a cliffhanger. But it was enjoyable for a quick read. I look forward to when Sean comes out with book two to see what happens.
This book is listed as Young Adult as well. I would suggest this for a teenager as there is some violence and sex in the read.(less)
Dindi is of The Lost Swan clan, one of three human clans who defeated the high fae ~ the Aelfae. Dindi is considered a little strange by her clan memb...moreDindi is of The Lost Swan clan, one of three human clans who defeated the high fae ~ the Aelfae. Dindi is considered a little strange by her clan members. Her chores are always mixed up, if they are completed, as she rather dance with the pixies than work and then they help her finish her chores which are done wrong. Dindi loves to dance and when the Tavaedi Dancers are in town performing she is on her way to sneak in and watch. Dindi has a plan, not only to enjoy the dances she sees but to memorize them as she wants to be a Tavaedi Dancer, and she's waiting for her initiation to come. The only thing... none from her clan has ever passed the initiation to become a magical dancer of the Tavaedi. On day while traveling on her initiate journey, the girls were teasing her and in the end she became in a dire situation. A young exiled man who is taken by Dindi's aura earlier that day, saves her. But he might be in more trouble than he expected or maybe he'll find a place he could be welcomed.
The world weaved here if full of fae in which many humans can not see them. There are a few who can but people seem to look down upon that. I enjoyed the idea of humans having magical colorful auras and magical abilities in which dancing is how it is brought to life and used. I enjoyed the magical world when it started to iron out for me.
The story read as a young adult book. With the young characters and innocents here among them. And the fae playing with the young that can see them. With this being the beginning of the book, I could suggest it to be a read that Young Adults could read as well.
I did have just a few small hang-ups. As I enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first half, I realized I was caught up in trying to differentiate the clans and magical uses and the fae world. And by the second half I seemed to understand the set up more. The other part that distracted me slightly was at one point towards the end the view point changed. We went from Dindi's view point being described as 'she' or 'Dindi' and her voice of talk to the view point of 'you'. I'm sure with the part it was at was meant to enunciate the part, but caught me off guard at first. Then it was switched back to normal view point afterward.
Other than these small things to me, I enjoyed the story idea. I like the magic being in colors and viewed by those who have the abilities in them, and the dance being the way to draw the abilities to surface and work ~ almost reminds me of Native Americans dances or tribal dances.
After finishing the book I'm left with questions as to what will happen with the characters along with the puzzles that they know of. A cliffhanging ending to have you jump into the next book, which should be out now.(less)
The day after the mess in the end of The Mage in Black, Sabina travels back to L.A. with Adam, Giguhl, and Valva to look for her kidnapped sister. Sab...moreThe day after the mess in the end of The Mage in Black, Sabina travels back to L.A. with Adam, Giguhl, and Valva to look for her kidnapped sister. Sabina goes to an old friend she feels she can trust, an owner of a local vampire strip bar ~ Fang, looking for a place to crash undetected. Trying to stay under the Dominae radar while the Dominae are circulating flyers with a bounty on her head for the "safe" return home to her Grandmother. Valva, the vanity demon, spices things up some...
Even in this short story that was a quick read for me, Jaye had my attention the whole time and now has me pumped and ready to dive into Green-Eyed Demon. There is the sarcastic humor of the characters mixed with action. I have to say I did learn a few things in this read as well; as there are two different types of demons and more on Valva the Vanity demon. I really do enjoy reading about Sabina more too. She seems to be softening up to her friends now that she has accepted them as such.
This short story is a great lead into Green-Eyed Demon. It can be read after Green-Eyed Demon, but is the lead into the story from The Mage in Black.(less)
Tempest is sick and now living with, whom she feels is, her deceiving husband in London and the reason she...moreThe Blushing Bounder ~ By Meljean Brook 90pgs
Tempest is sick and now living with, whom she feels is, her deceiving husband in London and the reason she had a falling out with her family in the US. Her husband wishes she would get the infection with the "bug" to cure her illness, but fearing the stories of becoming a zombie after death she refuses. While in her room one night she witnesses a murder in the alley. Tempest's husband is the one on the case and is to keep her safe from the guilty man. Tempest looks closer at her husband and learns a few things, and maybe will save his life and hers.
This was a different story for me. So much here to this world in this short read. The bugs to heal people, and potential zombies. Then we have the steampunk take on the mechanics uses here. Wonderful the way Meljean mixes all this and creates an amazing world in such a short story. I really enjoyed the world set-up and the ideas here.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vixen ~ By Jill Myles 95pgs
Miko lives in the country to be away from distractions and interruptions...including men. She's a were-fox and men drive the hormones through the roof as foxes are vixens. Miko has visitors, 2 men visitors, sent from her mother. They are sent to protect her from the new specialized hunts. But the flirting begins, and Miko starts thinking about the one thing she moved to keep from her mind the sting of men and...mating.
Hot and steamy. Sexy! Have the fan ready! Miko and these two delicious men. But not only is the attraction flowing strong, but there is a story here as well. The hunters are out and boundaries are crossed. Oh by far Jill has created a Hot! story here. The whole idea of the were-fox and her needs. Wow! But there is a story here about the hunter issue, but the main focus is on Miko.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kitten-Tiger & The Monk ~ by Carolyn Crane 131pgs
Sophia is sick of herself and what she does to others. She wants rebooted and the only one to do that is The Monk. She has a hint of where to start to find someone who knows where he is, on her path she learns this person is one from her past. A past she thought she had moved past but found she never can. Can she forgive herself and can he forgive her?
This is the story I got this anthology for. I loved reading the first 2 books of Carolyn Cranes Disillustionist series. And this one just adds to the list!
We learn more of Sophia and of The Monk. Oh, I love Robert! We get to see into the Tangle, the curvy twisting highway mess everyone dreads that is ever present here in the city. Of this Tangle we see why it's the way it is. We get just a touch of the stories in the trilogy as well, but it is not needed to have read those to read this. But you might fall in love with the magic created here to pick up the first two books. Great side story! (less)
Puck has tagged along, un-invited, with Ash to find Grimalkin. Ash had made a bargain, a rather large one, for his love and now the holder has come ca...morePuck has tagged along, un-invited, with Ash to find Grimalkin. Ash had made a bargain, a rather large one, for his love and now the holder has come calling on it. So frazzled Ash goes out of character and against what he knows and lives in the fey world, and asks if the favor can wait, which he would never have tried to hold out on a favor before. But knowing Ash plans a search that could take a long time the holder calls the favor in now, and might be able to help him in the end.
We get to see some of our fun characters again; Puck, Ash, Leanansidhe, and some not so nice but in a fun way...Queen Titania. I did enjoy the side we got to see of the Summer Queen here. We see Ash through his old friends, and rival, eyes ~ Puck. This way we see how lost and frustrated Ash is since the end of Iron Queen.
We learn little pieces of things and ways of the fey through this short story. Like names. And another part of the Wyldwood that is a dangerous path full of Hedgewolves. The boys are in trouble here! And a little secret about Queen Titania.
The friendship/enemy line really gets drawn here between Puck and Ash. They were once friends, then enemies after the first girl. Now with the second girl, Meghan, what will they be? Puck choose to go with Ash, but Ash needs Puck's help in this story. But Puck could turn on Ash and maybe end up with the girl he too loves. We do get to see the banter and fun between the two characters again. They do make a good team.
We get Pucks' view of his kiss with Meghan and more of his feelings towards her and Ash. Puck is struggling with his feelings. Ooo, oh. King Oberon shows up and of all people to suggest what to Puck what he does! Astounding! Puck does always have jest in what he does. There is always a joke there to make you smile or chuckle, even when he and Ash have to go in disguise. I enjoyed that.
But as always... things in the fey world are NOT always as they seem. (less)
Fun read with a scifi dimensional twist to the world. Loved the dimensional twist to the world and never knew what I'd encounter next. And Andrews...*...moreFun read with a scifi dimensional twist to the world. Loved the dimensional twist to the world and never knew what I'd encounter next. And Andrews...*sigh* lovely. Gentle start to a lovely couple. Chloe made me smile through out.
*****FULL REVIEW***** Chloe's still working her job as a housekeeper as the tourist season comes to a close. Cleaning one room of a single man, Chloe is shocked to see a woman with almond shaped eyes enter from the balcony, who eyes the golden pyramid covered in strange shaped symbols. Chloe's boss tries to talk Chloe into a match making with the man, but she thinks he has a wife. The handsome single man, Andrew, claims to have no wife or know who the woman was. Chloe finds herself saving the strange pyramid from the woman, once again, intent to steal it, and that he had left behind when checked out. Only to find the handsome man is interested in Chloe as an...employee? Could there be other signals there too? In a dimensional world, where many run parallel and slightly different from the next, Chloe is learning how to tend to the needs of many strange being and making friends. Things start to get mysterious at her new job, thefts of the Dimensional Hotels access cards and more are happening. Who's to blame? And is Drew sending mixed signals to Chloe?
Fun read with a scifi dimensional twist to the world. Loved the dimensional twist to the world and never knew what I'd encounter next. And Andrew....*sigh* Lovely. Gentle start to a lovely couple. Chloe made me smile through out.
I could go on with scenes that made me smile, but I don't want to ruin the read for you, so keeping it short.
First page, I was smiling at Chloe with 'hitting the deck' to hide from her long winded (and alien obsessed) neighbor. IN HER OWN HOME!! LOL! I did enjoy Chloe's easy going personality. And grew with her in feelings. Chloe has an ability to attract good humor from others. Andrew, Drew as he goes by with Chloe and the nice looking single man, seems to know more than he's able to share. And maybe even more comfortable with Chloe than a business owner (manager) should be. But they could make such a cute couple.
Actually, I really enjoyed all characters and the creation of the Dimensional Shift idea. I enjoyed that I didn't know what would walk around the corner next, or what species Chloe would have to clean the room of next. Or what would happen in this unpredictable place. A hotel that caters to inter-dimensional travels in between dimensions. Great fun quick read.
I will be getting the rest of the books in this series!(less)
Agent Books and Agent Braun pick us a case of with a new character, Simon Boswell. Simon was employed at the London office of the Ministry when Eliza...moreAgent Books and Agent Braun pick us a case of with a new character, Simon Boswell. Simon was employed at the London office of the Ministry when Eliza first arrived but shortly after this case he left for fresh scenery.
The next case to come to light at the Ministry is another haunting. Since no other agent wants the case, or is too busy, Simon is pushed to attending to another haunting case heading off without his partner. The victim, Mrs. Honeywood, a gorgeous widowed lady, has also lost her two children around the same time as her archaeologist husband. Has been hearing strange sounds and voices at night.
This story has a few different voices to it for different characters, making it easy to differentiate the characters. The main narrator has a different sound as you know it's not a character talking.
We meet Simon, who seems to be a proper gentleman. We learn quickly of this character in this short 26 minute podcast. Agent Campbell makes a brief appearance here as well. Once again there is a glimpse into the equipment the Ministry has on hand for the agents in accordance with their cases.
This is a ghost haunting story, in a steampunk-ish world.(less)
Agent Books and Agent Braun pick us a case with some dust on top, African dust, and a case well before either of their time with The Ministry. And the...moreAgent Books and Agent Braun pick us a case with some dust on top, African dust, and a case well before either of their time with The Ministry. And the Amulet is no where in the case file as well...
Agent Heathcliff Durham is sent to meet with Agent Randell Morrison in Africa to look for a man who the director of Ministries is concerned will be 'intending trouble with the natives'. But there is a catch in the name given... A large group of 53 men was found dead after reporting the necklace of blue glowing stones with a pair of men they meet. And there is a history of large groups or villages being slaughtered over many years past. The agents travel for six weeks, on the verge of ends rope ~ Heathcliff's tea is running out and Morrisons gin is dwindling ~ heading back to civilization to contact The Ministry, they finally come across a clue. A young boy who is missing a leg still living in a village where all others were brutally murdered. Will both the agents make it home? And from the attracting powers of the blue jeweled necklace?
We meet new characters here; Heathcliff Durham and Randell Morrison. Heathcliff Durham reminds me of a formal scientific man who likes the large formal words. Morrison is a harder agent in a rough world of Africa. And in the end we see Dr. Sound show up as a new director at this time.
This story does have the presence of fighting and blood. But I did enjoy it. And we have neat steampuck items ever present again in this podcast. Heathcliff has a new mysterious steam trunk that he guides along behind him, but it kind of has a way of walking about with the use of steam boilers inside. We even have the two characters talking, or briefly not seeing eye to eye, on weaponry. The comparison of the traditional rifle, Morrison's preference, to Heathcliff's modern weapons and sidearms. Nifty tools mentioned here when comparing and then off to fight with too, which Heathcliff has.
Nathan, the narrarator and writer does all his own voices. The voices are all done with accents and wonderful articulation in the way the words are spoken in speed and enunciation. Nicely done and easy to listen to.(less)
Eliza and Wellington look into another case in South America...
Here we have Agent Brandon Hill who was sent several months ago by Director Mr. Sound o...moreEliza and Wellington look into another case in South America...
Here we have Agent Brandon Hill who was sent several months ago by Director Mr. Sound on a lead on El Dorado, the city of gold. Hill has found no leads, but he has been enjoying the fun side of life with visits to the brothels and one in particular woman he visits. On his latest trip he sees she has a new vase in her room. This vase has a story of it's own, relating to El Dorado. Then things become deadly...
There is a touch of steampunk and machinery as Hill walks through the tinker part of town, but my favorite it the knife system Hill has. This is very neat and appears toward the end of the story. It is a nice six blade holder on his arm that rotates and releases. Hill regards himself later as a Monkey Knife Fighter. As you can guess there is fighting and action present in this short podcast.
I enjoyed this story as it has brought touches of the book Phoenix Rising into here with these vases. No need to read the book, but it just touches on items present in the book to relate the characters, book, and podcasts together. But in doing this has started my wheels turning and thinking, things that may never come to light but you never know as a reader with a creative wondering mind. And I like when I start to wonder about books.(less)
Eliza is feeling a bit home sick, so Wellington finds a case with a touch of home... New Zealand...
We meet Agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson in t...moreEliza is feeling a bit home sick, so Wellington finds a case with a touch of home... New Zealand...
We meet Agents Lachlan King and Barry Ferguson in this installment. They make a trip to the prison to talk to a man whom asked to be locked up not claiming to any crime, but for his own protection. His name Red Eyed Rob. Red Eyed Rob is known to Ferguson as he is an amazingly wonderful gambler. Always winning, unless he throws the hand to keep in the games. Red Eyed Rob claims to have seen Armageddon in the card in a recent game.
Again we see some very neat machinery. I like the machine used to see where the vision came from and the surprise machine we see as well. Ferguson does have a few tricks up his sleeve, so he does.
The characters we got a quick glimpse of them in the story, threw the story. I don't know if I'm making any sense with this. The characters and story are created together. I like when these two are intertwined together nice and neat, you get almost two views in one story; the characters and the story itself.
We even get a short story almost like a bonus in this one. A little case history in which Agent Lachlan King worked in India when he was new to the Ministry. In the end the story even left a smile on my lips as the two agents clean up the area.
And the narrating. The voice of Grant is very relaxing and so easy to listen to.(less)
Eliza is summoned to visit with Mrs. Kate Shepard, her ideal and hopefully to be her mother-in-law, who has need of Eliza's expertise with questionabl...moreEliza is summoned to visit with Mrs. Kate Shepard, her ideal and hopefully to be her mother-in-law, who has need of Eliza's expertise with questionable happenings; women of the suffrage changing their minds and sides. A Mr. Fish seems to be visiting these women as Eliza finds, with a persuasive bracelet ~ the Circlet of Dalila, and item from the Archives gone missing while on loan. Kate and her suffrage's petition to Parliament could be in danger...
When the story started we got to hear both Agent Books and Agent Braun in the Archives going through the cases. I loved the sound here as it was like we were really in the echo-y large basement. The characters had the sounds I had thought they would, along with the feel behind their chatter in which they carry on when talking or tormenting each other.
The podcast was extremely easy to understand as the speakers spoke clear and precise to understand each word clearly. The speed of reading was perfectly paced with the climax of the story along with the way different characters would have sounded in what they where saying. The feelings came through wonderfully in the tone and insinuations.
I like the steampunk items used. The descriptions given are detailed so you can easily visualize them, yet quickly described.
The story is quick. You get the details and right to the action, as I'm starting to expect when Eliza is around. In the height of action in the short story the music along with tone and speed of Philippa's voice had my heart picking up pace with the characters and wanting to speed up the story to hear what was happening, wanting to get through the scene quickly so I could know.
This story gives us a little more view into Agent Eliza Braun. We meet the love of Eliza's life, Douglas Shepard. And learn a little of Eliza and her ideas of what she wants to see herself as. This podcast answered one of my curiosities I had on Eliza after reading A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Phoenix Rising.(less)